NCLEX: April 2013, Raising Passing Standard?

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    Saw this from a friend:

    https://www.ncsbn.org/4220.htm


    NCSBN Board of Directors (BOD) Voted to Raise the Passing Standard for the NCLEX-RN Examination at its Meeting on Dec. 17, 2012
    Media Contact: Dawn M. Kappel
    Director, Marketing & Communications
    312.525.3667 direct
    312.279.1034 fax
    dkappel@ncsbn.org

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Chicago - The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) voted on Dec. 17, 2012, to raise the passing standard for the NCLEX-RN Examination (the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses). The passing standard will be revised from the current -0.16 logits* to 0.00 logit beginning April 1, 2013, with the implementation of the 2013 NCLEX-RN Test Plan. The new passing standard will remain in effect through March 31, 2016.

    After consideration of all available information, the NCSBN BOD determined that safe and effective entry-level registered nurse (RN) practice requires a greater level of knowledge, skills, and abilities than was required in 2009 when NCSBN implemented the current standard. The passing standard was increased in response to changes in U.S. health care delivery and nursing practice that have resulted in the greater acuity of clients seen by entry-level RNs.

    The BOD used multiple sources of information to guide its evaluation and discussion regarding the change in passing standard. As part of this process, NCSBN convened an expert panel of 12 nurses to perform a criterion-referenced standard setting procedure. The panel's findings supported the creation of a higher passing standard. NCSBN also considered the results of national surveys of nursing professionals, including nursing educators, directors of nursing in acute care settings and administrators of long-term care facilities.

    In accordance with a motion adopted by the 1989 NCSBN Delegate Assembly, the NCSBN BOD evaluates the passing standard for the NCLEX-RN Examination every three years to protect the public by ensuring minimal competence for entry-level RNs. NCSBN coordinates the passing standard analysis with the three-year cycle of test plan evaluation. This three-year cycle was developed to keep the test plan and passing standard current. A PDF of the 2013 NCLEX-RN Test Plan is available free of charge from the NCSBN website.

    The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) is a not-for-profit organization whose members include the boards of nursing in the 50 states, the District of Columbia and four U.S. territories American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and the Virgin Islands. There are also 12 associate members. Mission: NCSBN provides education, service and research through collaborative leadership to promote evidence-based regulatory excellence for patient safety and public protection.

    Media inquiries may be directed to the contact listed above. Technical inquiries about the NCLEX examination may be directed to the NCLEX information line at 1.866.293.9600 or nclexinfo@ncsbn.org.

    The statements and opinions expressed are those of NCSBN and not the individual member state or territorial boards of nursing.

    *A logit is defined as a unit of measurement to report relative differences between candidate ability estimates and item difficulties.
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    I know the standard is changed every 3 years, but out of curiosity, does anyone know how the logit system works? I know in 2010 it went from -0.21 to -0.16, and now to 0.00? Seems like a large jump, but I'm not sure how that logit system works. I know overall they are just raising the level you need in order to pass, but I was curious about the system and what the numbers actually mean.
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    Currently in order to pass the Nclex you just need to get over 50% of the questions right.

    So starting in April-2013 with the higher level needed to pass, will it be more like needing 60%-65% of the questions right in order to pass???

    I'm glad I just passed my Nclex-RN but Im just curious.
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    Quote from x_factor
    I know the standard is changed every 3 years, but out of curiosity, does anyone know how the logit system works? I know in 2010 it went from -0.21 to -0.16, and now to 0.00? Seems like a large jump, but I'm not sure how that logit system works. I know overall they are just raising the level you need in order to pass, but I was curious about the system and what the numbers actually mean.
    I would also be curious to know this. Anyone else have more info?
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    Can someone please explain to me how the logit system works. I've watched the videos but still don't understand what effects the logit system changing will have
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    Quote from RN2BEESOON
    Can someone please explain to me how the logit system works. I've watched the videos but still don't understand what effects the logit system changing will have
    I think we are all asking the same thing but no one really knows. This didn't help me at all except made me more confused but here they try to explain it:

    https://www.ncsbn.org/What_is_a_Logit.pdf
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    This is very confusing...
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    In simple terms if the passing line right now is 65 +/- 7 (arbitrary numbers ). After careful statistical analysis the raised standard is 70 +\- 5 to be passing/minimum standard to reflect current entry to practice standards/requirements. *****these numbers are arbitrary and oversimplified.***** there is a lot of survey and line item analysis when the test is reevaluated every 3 years. NCLEX-PN was updated in 2011. The actual formula is a highly complex differential equation (advanced calculus).

    Basically the passing benchmark is higher and the +/- is more narrow.

    Clear as mud.
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    Quote from JustBeachyNurse
    In simple terms if the passing line right now is 65 +/- 7 (arbitrary numbers ). After careful statistical analysis the raised standard is 70 +\- 5 to be passing/minimum standard to reflect current entry to practice standards/requirements. *****these numbers are arbitrary and oversimplified.***** there is a lot of survey and line item analysis when the test is reevaluated every 3 years. NCLEX-PN was updated in 2011. The actual formula is a highly complex differential equation (advanced calculus).

    Basically the passing benchmark is higher and the +/- is more narrow.

    Clear as mud.
    Thanks it does clear it up a bit.. Love the last line
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    Try this explanation from Kaplan:
    The first video is regarding the test plan changes/update


    and this video is about the passing standard changes
    Last edit by JustBeachyNurse on Mar 19, '13 : Reason: embed video


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